BREWER: Double-Barrelled, Berkshire, England
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 29th August 2021
Billy Don’t You Run So Fast is one of those rare beers: it’s amazing. From inception to drinking, this one is an absolute belter of a brew.
Let us begin at the beginning BDYRSF has a cracking colour combo on the tin. I also love the kitchen utensils; a clear nod to the apple crumble inspiration. Subtle but very clever. Easy to miss if you don’t think about it.
The nose is light but you get the blackberry and cinnamon, a small insight of the greatness that is about to be unleashed when you jump in to the drinking.
When you drink BDYRSF you get an immediate BOOM. What an amazing sour! It hits the brief perfectly. Think sour apple up front followed by a cinnamony hit of blackberry. This is all ended with the roundness of vanilla. Sublime.
Balanced perfectly and amazingly leaves the palate clean afterwards. This is an incredible beer. Love it.
Sammy’s Rating: 93%
Sammy and I have been at this every single week since October 2017. There have been highs and there have been lows. There have been some of the most incredible brews along the way as well as farcical beers and ones that sounded ridiculous on paper but were actually lovely. On the whole however, most of the brews we have put under the MOB microscope (Mobroscope? Na) have been pretty decent. But, occasionally, something spectacular our way comes…
Ladies and Gents, we bring you BILLY DON’T YOU RUN SO FAST.
I’m shaking as I write this, due to the excitement I might add not the sour forward that this beer brings.
We’re going to have to start with the name, a line from the Bill Withers (who unfortunately is no longer with us) tune Grandma’s hands. Now, seeing as this beer is inspired by a crumble this is an absolute MONSTER of a beer name. Ok, Bill does not mention crumble or any kind of baking in the track, however I think it’s fair to say Grandmas hands and crumble live together as either a memory or a beautiful visual in one’s imagination.
Well done Double-Barrelled.
Moving to the tin art, the colours as just fantastic and totally in keeping with our theme! The deep purple of blackberry, the butter yellow of crumble all hosting a backdrop of a wooden spatula and rolling pin as well as various other baking tools, just flippin’ brilliant!
Well done Double-Barrelled, well done indeed.
Ok so DB have aced the name and tin design but what is going on in the all important inside of the tin?
Well, they’ve aced that too!! Man, this is a decent beer!
So here is how it went down…
Sour up front, not a massive toe curling, eye popping sour up (which I love btw) but just a very pleasant unchallenging level. The beer in the swallow was juicy, smooth, thick and utterly delightful I must say. Now it was at this point in the first sip I panicked a little. See there is about a one second gap after the swallow where the flavour dips out, disappears, almost falls off a cliff actually…
But once that second has passed off go the blackberry and apple flavour canons and all is more than well in the world. As you progress through the brew that one second gap begins to disappear as your palate calms down but the awesome taste of this beer does not dip in the slightest.
Well Double-Barrelled, well flippin done indeed!
I like the way you work it.
Jymi’s Rating: 94%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 93.5 %
MOB review next weekend: EFES DRAFT by GEBRAUT
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze since 2017